Police cite Mt. Lebanon school board member with public drunkenness
By Matthew Santoni
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 3:08 p.m.
Mt. Lebanon police cited school board member Scott Goldman for public drunkenness as he walked home from a bar.
Officers went to Dixon Avenue early Saturday morning to answer reports of an apparently intoxicated person walking in the middle of the road, police Lt. Aaron Lauth said Wednesday.
Officers found Goldman, 42, not far from his home on Racine Drive shortly before 2 a.m., and believed he was intoxicated enough to be a danger to himself or others, Lauth said.
Goldman did not respond to calls for comment.
Lauth said police usually try to release intoxicated people to someone who can take responsibility for their care and safety. When the officers found no one who could do so at Goldman's home, they took him to the police station.
“If we were to take him to his house, open the door and let him in, and later something were to happen to him, the question becomes, ‘Why didn't officers handle things differently?' ” Lauth said.
A public drunkenness citation can carry a fine between $25 and $300. Police held Goldman at the station until someone arrived to take custody of him.
According to the department's annual reports, Mt. Lebanon police issued 51 citations for public drunkenness in 2010, the most recent year available.
Goldman was elected to the school board in November.
Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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